“A city is a language, a repository of possibilities…”
— Rebecca Solnit
Interstate 81 cuts directly through the heart of Syracuse, New York. Built fifty years ago, the construction of I-81 displaced Syracuse’s 15th Ward community and has affected the city’s character over time. The concrete and metal structure is now in a state of disrepair, and the conversations surrounding the future of the viaduct are as contentious as the past. Through tender portraits and stark studies of the highway and its surrounding landscape, Shane Lavalette photographs with a quiet urgency that considers the implications of urban planning decisions, the voices those affected in the process, the economic and racial divides shaped by the inherent politics of architecture, and the search for connectedness and hope that is present nonetheless.
Published by Kris Graves Projects
Poem by Carrie Mae Weems
Text by Arthur Flowers
First Edition, 2019
Softcover, 48 pages, 31 images
10.8 x 8.5 in. / 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
The book is available to purchase from Kris Graves Projects.